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Photo Courtesy: Kylie Centers / Lewis-Clark State College
Photo Courtesy: Kylie Centers / Lewis-Clark State College

Dickinson State Hangs On for 69-61 Victory Over Centurion Men

By Scott Lemon, Yellowstone Christian College SID

Box Score

DICKINSON, N.D. — The Yellowstone Christian College Centurions received a career-high performance from sophomore reserve Mechiah Zilkoski, but it wasn’t enough as the Dickinson State University Blue Hawks topped the Centurions 69-61 on Tuesday night on the campus of Dickinson State.

Both teams battled well in the first half, a very similar scenario from the first time these teams met on Oct. 16 in Billings. Both teams shot the ball well in the first half. The Centurions shot 48% from the field and 44% from three in the first 20 minutes. The Blue Hawks were just as good, shooting 47% from the floor and 45% from deep as Dickinson took a ten-point lead into the locker room.

Both offenses cooled off in the second half. The Centurions’ two leading scorers were held in check on Tuesday. Aaron Munday-Rashid was closely guarded all night and Aleksandar Brankovic didn’t even make the road trip with the team, as the tandem averages 25 points per game. YCC had to turn to their bench for a lift offensively, and Zilkoski answered the call.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore from Wolf Point, Mont., made a statement in the second half, scoring eight of his career-high 13 points, including two key three-pointers. However, the rest of the offensive attack for the Centurions went silent, as YCC struggled to find any offensive rhythm late in the game. The Centurions turned the ball over 18 times, only creating more problems for their offense.

Taylan Barrett was the high-man for the Centurions, pouring in 21 points and pulling down four rebounds. Reserve Reagan Oyugi snagged a team-high six rebounds.

Dickinson saw a very balanced scoring attack, paced by a pair of 17-point performers. Ryan Clark completed his double-double with a game-high ten rebounds and Marcus White nearly had a double-double of his own with eight rebounds. Terrell Butler also joined them in double-digit scoring with 11 points of his own.

The Centurions will face NCAA Division II Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. on Wednesday night in an exhibition before getting two full weeks off to prepare for their next game at home on Dec. 7. Wednesday’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be viewed online, with links posted for both audio and video on the Centurions website. For more information about the season and for full game recaps, visit www.gocenturions.com.

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